Recently, my blogger friend Jeanie at Marmalade Gypsy and I were chatting on email and she made a comment in frustration that I thought was a brilliant idea. Christmas was so busy and was going by so fast. We both were lamenting that there was no time for cards when she said “I swear, next year I am going to make New Year’s cards and just take the pressure off me!” As the holiday approached at breakneck speed, I kept thinking about her comment. Why not do that this year? So, here we are, the week after Christmas, I never got to the stamping bench, and I have time on my hands again. New Year’s Cards it is!! This adorable hot chocolate stamp seemed perfect, so I did a bunch on white paper. This one from my affiliate Impression Obsession isn’t available anymore, but click on Hot Chocolate Delight to see a another fun one.
I found a snowflake stamp and stamped bunches on a pretty blue patterned paper.
Mounting the image on a dark grey, I offset the blue paper for the front of the card.
I made up a little poem to print and add to the inside. Then I stamped Cheers and a Happy New Year on the bottom.
Here’s my poem, feel free to copy and use if you like.
Christmas came and went so fast
The time for cards already passed
But I want to wish you all good things
And Happiness the New Year brings.
I’ll be sending these out this week to everyone that sent me a Christmas card.
Moving on to quilting, I am going to be one of the bloggers participating in Jen’s Monthly Color Challenge. You can read about the challenge, which will use your scraps to create a ‘spicy’ quilt based on your spice cabinet for colors. Think colors of sage, cloves, garlic, nigella seeds, cinnamon and saffron, plus more for 12 blocks. Click on Patterns by Jen to meet the bloggers today. This will fit right into a Stashbuster challenge I’ll have for you on my blog.
So, what is the Stashbuster Challenge 2022 you might ask? Well, it couldn’t be easier. Once a month, on the first Friday of the month, I’ll publish a post for us to log our fabric in and fabric out. You’ll do this in the comments. The goal at the end of the year will be to have more fabric out than fabric in. You don’t have to register, and you don’t have to take inventory of what you have now. Just keep track of how much fabric you buy or are gifted each month, and how much you use or give away. The totals will be monthly, and also cumulative, so at the end of the year you will know if you had more come in or more go out. At the end of the year, I’ll send a non-fabric prize to a random participant, the more months you participate, the more entries you get.
On the frame, I made progress on the red and white quilt, and I’ll show you the finish later in the week.
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What are you working on this week?